ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton will contest a court-ordered temporary injunction that sidetracked a planned unionization vote by in-home child care providers.

Dayton’s spokeswoman, Katharine Tinucci, announced the Democratic governor’s decision Thursday in a brief email message. She says the administration will raise its concerns at a court hearing on the matter scheduled for mid-January.

Tinucci did not immediately provide any further details on Dayton’s reasoning. He’d earlier indicated plans to hold off on deciding his next move until after the judge issued a written decision.

Thousands of in-home child care providers were due to receive ballots asking if they wanted to form a union. Opponents argued Dayton exceeded his powers in ordering an election, and a Ramsey County judge issued a restraining order holding off the vote.

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Comments (11)
  1. Leave the day care providers alone says:

    Can’t you leave these people alone? They don’t want a union. Spend your time trying to fill the food shelves at the schools so we don’t have starving kids in MN.

    1. Tom says:

      @ Leave the day care providers alone

      If they don’t want a union then let them vote for themselves!

      1. Me says:

        I agree. Let them ALL vote, not just a select few

  2. stung4ever says:

    “Thousands of in-home child care providers were due to receive ballots asking if they wanted to form a union.”

    And more thousands were due to be excluded from voting.

  3. Scrooge says:

    dayton is just a spoiled rich kid who didn’t get his way so now he’s going to keep whining about it and hopefully some judge will be able to shut him up and send him home with his ball

  4. bob says:

    I sure hope they unionize. I don’t pay enough for daycare.

  5. Kevin says:

    Who voted for this POS?

  6. Tom says:

    Just let them vote up or down if they want to join a union. Its not that big of deal!

    1. Drake says:

      It is a big deal as it would end up costing taxpayers millions. Why do you think Dayton and the unions are pushing so hard for it.

  7. Jake says:

    Dayton just cannot deal with reality. His ‘executive order’ is HISTORY. Never made ANY sense, will never get through the courts, even in MN, the lawyers can all go POUND SAND. He’s lucky that the daycare providers didn’t show up at the Capitol with pitchforks….Well, MOST of them, anyway.

  8. Tom says:

    This is only the first step.

    The next will be to pass a law that only unionized day care providers can be eligible for government assisted day care.

    The socialist politicians in this state think it’s moral to require union labor for all government work.

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